Street food in Puglia
Published: July162019

Street food in Puglia

As you probably yet know, Puglia is well known for its food, but there are some specialties that, more than others, are important to know if you’re planning to walk around our region. We’re about to reveal to you the magic world of street food in Puglia!

6 specialties of street food in Puglia


Focaccia is a leavened baked bread and seasoned with tomatoes, olives, oregano, and extra virgin olive oil.

Walking around Puglia, you may find different kinds of Focaccia: for example, in Bari, the tradition wants it to be thin, while in Altamura, it’s taller.

In Salento (the southernmost part of Puglia), Focaccia is made from two layers of dough or mashed potatoes filled with black olives, tomatoes, and onions. We suggest you choose your favorite one tasting them all!

I wrote an article about how to make Focaccia Barese with the traditional recipe if you want to learn how to make it before coming to Puglia


The Panzerotto is another gastronomic specialty that you can find in the bakery as street food in Puglia.

We’re talking about a circle of filled dough, closed on itself to form a half-moon. The traditional one is filled with tomato and mozzarella, but you can also find it filled with meat, ricotta cheese, onions, or any other ingredients.

But, if you’re in Salento and would love to taste a Panzerotto, ask for a Calzone!

Rustico Leccese

The Rustico is typical of Lecce and it’s a crispy dough of puff pastry stuffed with béchamel, tomato, and mozzarella. Locals eat it from breakfast to dinner.


Puccia is a stuffed bun made of the same pizza dough. 

In Lecce, it is usually stuffed with vegetables like aubergines, tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, wild chicory, and cheese. While in Taranto and Foggia, it’s richer and filled with meat or ham, scamorza cheese, fries, tomatoes, and salad.


One of the biggest specialty of street food in Puglia is the crunchy polenta flakes called sgagliozze in Bari and scagliozzi in Foggia: eat them hot with a pinch of salt to taste the original recipe.


Another very simple but tasty typical street food in Puglia is popizze, also known as pettole.

They’re little balls of the same fried panzerotto dough, but they’re not stuffed.

Raw fish

Walking along the seafront of Bari, you’ll meet some fishermen that will offer you raw fish to eat right there. Eating raw octopus, squids, and mussels it’s a big tradition in the capital city of the region.

If you’re not used to raw fish, you shouldn’t try it, but we suggest you get a walk between the fishmongers anyway, to breathe the atmosphere.

Sweet street food

Talking about street food in Puglia, sweets deserve a special mention, starting from Pasticciotto, a shortcrust pastry filled with custard and black cherry, born in Lecce.

Another incredible goody from our region is the Passionata, typical from Troia, on the Daunia Mountains. It is a shell of almond paste which contains a sweet ricotta heart.

Once you eat one of them, it will remain in your dreams forever, as the Tetta Della Monaca (the traditional sarcastic name that sounds like “nun’s boob”) a soft sponge cake gently filled with Chantilly cream, typical of Altamura.

If you love street food, in Puglia you’ll find a lot of possibilities to eat salty and sweet snacks, so don’t wait, plan your trip now with us!


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The tale of the Two Sisters

Traveling on the Apulian Adriatic coastline, in a few km from Lecce city, you’ll reach the marine area of Torre dell’Orso and the most famous Two Sisters Beach | ita: Spiaggia delle Due Sorelle.

  • Two Sisters Beach - Spiaggia delle Due Sorelle | Torre dell'Orso | Lecce | Salento | Puglia
  • Two Sisters Beach - Spiaggia delle Due Sorelle | Torre dell'Orso | Lecce | Salento | Puglia
  • Two Sisters Beach - Spiaggia delle Due Sorelle | Torre dell'Orso | Lecce | Salento | Puglia
  • Two Sisters Beach - Spiaggia delle Due Sorelle | Torre dell'Orso | Lecce | Salento | Puglia

Are you curious to know something about that singular name?

Well, there is a nice and a bit sad tale behind the Two Sisters Beach | ita: Spiaggia delle Due Sorelle. This gives the location a huge air of mystery.

This marine area is very fascinating. Reachable walking through a little Mediterranean Maquis forest, under the cliffs there’s a sandy beach 800 meters long.

Slight white sand, clear turquoise seawater, warm enchanting sun, everything in the same stunning place.

But probably you’re still thinking about the tale, so, I’m going to tell the story.

The tale of the Sisters

« The tale says that once upon a time, two young sisters were living in the Salento area. They were very hard workers, and they had never seen the magnificence of the sea.

One day, to counteract the hot summer, they went toward the seaside for the first time. Well, they were so much fascinated by the amazing view they got there that the younger one dived from the cliff into the water. At that point, the eldest sister tried to save her, but it was too late.

They couldn’t get back to the shore. The Gods, looking at them: alone, desperate, and cute, decided to turn them into two beautiful rocky stacks in the middle of the sea.

A fisherman, while walking nearby, just saw two rocks rise from the sea. Since that day, the beach is known as Two Sisters Beach. »

The tale is very magical but a bit sad, and once there, it’s really hard to don’t get emotional.

Then, the clear seawater just completes the landscape.

Two Sisters Beach and Torre Dell’Orso

The Two Sisters Beach| ita: Spiaggia delle Due Sorelle | is located in the marine area of MelendugnoTorre dell’Orso. For the sake of completeness, we have to say that also this name has got a charming little story.

In this case, the name Torre dell’Orso, which literally means Bear Tower, derives from the sighting tower by the sea.

Then, on the cliff under the tower, there’s a rock shaped like a bear by the erosion.

  • Two Sisters Beach - Spiaggia delle Due Sorelle | Torre dell'Orso | Lecce | Salento | Puglia
  • Two Sisters Beach - Spiaggia delle Due Sorelle | Torre dell'Orso | Lecce | Salento | Puglia
  • Two Sisters Beach - Spiaggia delle Due Sorelle | Torre dell'Orso | Lecce | Salento | Puglia
  • Two Sisters Beach - Spiaggia delle Due Sorelle | Torre dell'Orso | Lecce | Salento | Puglia
  • Two Sisters Beach - Spiaggia delle Due Sorelle | Torre dell'Orso | Lecce | Salento | Puglia

One day trip

If you want to get a fantastic and cool experience traveling on the Adriatic coastline, start your trip having a good breakfast in Lecce.

We advise you to ask for a pasticiotto and a caffè leccese: you’ll love them from here to the moon and back!

Then, drive from Lecce to Roca Vecchia village, where the amazing Poetry Cave | ita: Grotta della Poesia | awaits you for a nice dive.

After that, run towards the Two Sisters Beach | ita: Spiaggia delle Due Sorelle | to get a relaxing swim into one of the most beautiful seas of Puglia.

In the end, reach Torre Sant’Andrea to admire the stunning view of The Sea Stacks of Sant’Andrea | ita: I Faraglioni di Sant’Andrea .

But if you have still time, don’t miss the weird landscape of the Bauxite Cave | ita: Cava di Bauxite | quite close to Otranto.

You can easily do this little itinerary on a one day trip. From the morning to the night on the southern Adriatic coastline of Puglia.

We did it and you find an article about our Road Trip in Salento on the blog!

Would you like to start your trip? Enjoy your One day trip to Salento!

Click on the map below to directly get the direction.

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